Starting early this morning, ISIS has withdrawn from several villages in northern Aleppo after coming under increasing pressure by Kurdish forces in eastern Aleppo around Manbij.

Effectively, rebels fighting under the banner of Jaish al-Mujahideen have regained control over the villages of Kaljibrin, Kafr Kalbin, Niyarah and Naddah.

Subsequently, the siege on Mare’ has been lifted, giving much needed breathing space to rebel forces near the Turkish border.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) briefly entered a neighbourhood in the northern part of Manbij city this morning but retreated shortly after as their fighters came under heavy fire and were attacked by a car bomb (VBIED).

Manbij city is still controlled by ISIS, but could be stormed again any minute now.

However, SDF fighters are continuing to clear the villages surrounding Manbij as their fighters have the ISIS stronghold besieged from its southern, eastern and northern flank.

Around 80 villages have been captured since the SDF began its Manbij offensive against ISIS little more than a week ago.

Adding further pressure to the Islamic State, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has advanced into western Raqqa as government forces are leading a seperate offensive.

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prince teutonic

Well Er-dog-gun gave a command…

Amin
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Amin

SDF gains around 80 villages in just one week and SAA gains an unknown hilltop after one month. Where are Russian supports?

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

It is more complicated than this : YPG is only fighting Daesh. SAA is fighting on around 10 fronts and there are Daesh, al-Nusra, Jaysh-al-Islam, FSA and many other groups you’ll have a hard time to number. No surprise they can’t be efficient everywhere at once… And, BTW, they should REALLY consider equiping SyAAF with proven stuff in anti-guerilla warfare like gunships, COIN aircrafts like OV-10D Bronco (the best fitted for this)Embraer Super-Tucano, etc etc. Adding one or two squadrons of Su-25 and adding each one by two pods of GSh-30-2 with 500 rounds each to get a A-10 like… Read more »

mh370
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mh370

SDF become the most effective fighting force compare to SAA or hezbollah

One Ummah
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One Ummah

Not all of Hezbollah are in Syria if they were Raqqah would of been captured in one day…..Hezbollah are mainly active in the Lebanese Syrian border and ISraeli border so we don’t know the full extent of their power.

Florin Ilie
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Florin Ilie

Be aware, SDF will be the new ISIS!

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Doubtfull : SDF is 90% YPG. YPG is a left wing secular organisation, they’re not into radical islamism at all…

Tony B.
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Tony B.

They, like IS, are an Israhell asset. Looks like obvious cooperation at the top between both factions.

DavidJohnson
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DavidJohnson

@syria_protector YPG Manbij Offensive Save Azaz&Turkey Border From Threat.This Good News for Rebel Pro Turkey